Khunu Lama Rinpoche: Commentary on “The Foundation of All Good Qualities”

Khunu Lama Rinpoche: Without bodhicitta we cannot receive enlightenment.

Khunu Lama Rinpoche: Without bodhicitta we cannot receive enlightenment.

Commentary on “The Foundation of All Good Qualities” by Khunu Lama Rinpoche

A teaching given to the monks and nuns of the International Mahayana Institute at Boudhanath, Nepal, 14 February 1975. Edited by Nicholas Ribush. Translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Khunu Lama Rinpoche

The ultimate purpose of our listening to teachings is to receive enlightenment. Therefore, before listening to [or reading] this teaching on the Foundation of All Good Qualities (Tib: Yön-ten-shir-gyur-ma), it is necessary to cultivate the pure thought of bodhicitta, the main cause of enlightenment.

We receive enlightenment only by practicing Dharma. Without practicing Dharma, there’s no way to receive enlightenment. Enlightenment can be received only through the practice of Dharma.

There are two types of Dharma, outer and inner. Inner Dharma means Buddhadharma; outer Dharma refers to the non-Buddhist religions, the religions followed by non-Buddhists. Of these, there are five divisions. By practicing outer Dharma, you can receive only temporary, samsaric pleasures but you cannot receive enlightenment. To become enlightened, you have to practice inner Dharma, Buddhadharma. Continue reading »